Writing... from the heart and for the wallet.
Why We Write
Recently, while searching for better ways to get exposure for my novels and my name, I asked a question. I wondered why writers write. I expected a few responses but never thought it would turn into a huge discussion. I sat and read responses, and I learned. I was not shy in any way to say that I write for several reasons. It seemed that giving the reason that it is my passion went over well. Then I mentioned that I also write to pay my bills. That sent electricity through the site. I began to get responses back to back.
I started writing many years ago. It was 20 years after I wrote my first novel. That novel still sits in it's orginal from. Paper and pencil was the excepted way to write then. As the years went by, I wrote more and more. Finally I was a published author. My writing was now paying me back for the years of writing. Although the passion had not gone out of my heart, I found myself writing to help pay bills. Writing 5 novels, I still had not found the finacial security I was seeking from my novels. I wanted it as much as I needed it. Success was still not in my hand.
The question came up, from me, as to what actually meant you were a sucessful writer. The answers came flooding in and I read each one with deep interest. "To see your novel in a store" was followed by "Hearing people talk of your novel." Many more responses came in. "When an amazon used book dealer is selling one of your books for $.01. When you get a quarterly royalty check for one book that is larger than any annual salary you ever earned. When the guy next to you on an airplane is reading one of your books. When the guy in front of you in line at a bookstore is buying one of your books."
Rarely did I see the reason "To pay bills." I began to remember back to when writing was nothing more than simply loving to write. The passion and joy of writing seeped back into my veins and I smiled. When we write, we Do write from our soul. I felt that fire and need to write filling my heart and mind. When I had finished all of the comments left for me, I felt re-charged. I sat and began to write in my next novel. The energy was so strong. I was back to feeling that everything I wrote was written with passion and because I love to write.
No doubt, when I write, I want to... need to sell. Marketing is hard and can become a full time job. It can take away from your writing time. It is also very needed if you are going to be a successful writer. The income, paying your bills, is not a sin for certain. I think I search for the writing success for many reasons. Bill paying is absolutely one reason. But to lose your-self and the feeling that writing used to bring to you, is a high cost to pay. I think your writing and your purprose both suffer when you loser the true reason you began writing. Your excitement and the dream of publishing a novel to share with the world should Never take away the passion and fire that is inside you. Learning how to write to pay your bills and to feel that excilleration that writing gives you is perhaps that most important aspects of being a writer. It is also one of the most difficult things you will do as a write. Hold on tight to your inner-self. Should you lose it, your writing will show it.
- Darrel Day...Suspense Novel\'s and Short Stories
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